Dec 28, 2012 · Leave a Reply

Physical Therapy in the Emergency Department: The Mayo Clinic Experience

By AJ Montpetit @ajmontpetit

Emergency Room

The U.S. health care system is considered by many to be "broken" because of high costs, uneven outcomes and many people without access to care. Due to a lack of access to primary care and insurance, people increasingly seek care for non-emergent musculoskeletal concerns in the emergency department (ED). Researchers from the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. established a physical therapist practice in a Level I Trauma Center to address these concerns.

The aims of this case study were to:

  1. Establish a triage process to accurately identify patients appropriate for physical therapy in the Emergency Department.
  2. Assess metrics related to patient outcomes, stakeholder satisfaction, total time spent in the Emergency Department, patient demand by time of day and day of the week; discharge disposition and financial viability.
  3. Determine the feasibility for long term practice establishment of a physical therapy practice in the Emergency Department.

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